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Māori news stories for the week ending 24 February 2012

Māori news stories for the week ending 24 February 2012

  • Pat Bolstad, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa passed away on Tuesday. Mrs Bolstad worked within the Kohanga Reo and Te Ataarangi moments in the Wairarapa.
  • Vanessa Eparaima, has been elected as chairperson of the Raukawa Settlement Trust.
  • A delegation of 20 Māori, including academics, scientists, community leaders, artists and business people will visit India from 27 February to 11 March 2012. The delegation aims to enhance business, cultural and educational relations between India and Māori.
  • On Tuesday the Kaihanga Collective was launched. This group comprises of former Māori trade training participants in Christchurch. The collective intends to work together to broker contracts; and to provide mentoring and advocacy services for current Māori apprentices in the Christchurch region.
  • On Tuesday Nga Maia – Māori Midwives Collective new national office was official opened in Hastings. Nga Maia was relocated out of Christchurch following the earthquakes last year.
  • Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa / Tamaki Nui a Rua have commenced a series of nine hui seeking a mandate to commence treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown.
  • The trial of the ‘Urewera Four’ continued this week.

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